A typical kid-centered vacation usually means eating plenty of mediocre meals. You’re after ease, a low price, and something that will keep them happy. Spending a day or two at Epcot may make you rethink what eating at a theme park can mean. There’s even an unofficial “eat/drink around the world” challenge that many people attempt to complete. The challenge is simple, eat something and drink something from each of the pavilions!
Each one of the country pavilions in Epcot offers at least two dining options; one sit down restaurant, and one counter service option. The foods offered are authentic foods that would be served in country or are inspired by authentic meals. Many restaurants hire chefs that are from the country represented or have experience creating the types of food that are served.
What can you expect?
While there’s no doubt you could spend weeks in the park simply tasting all of the foods there are several different items you should be sure to try. If you’re using the Disney food plan you’ll want to double check which restaurants are included as not all are. Really there’s such a wide variety of foods offered you might have a hard time deciding! Traditional English fish and chips, Mexican favorites, fresh Japanese offerings, to fragrant Moroccan spiced meats are all available.
There aren’t restaurants in Disney parks that offer breakfast specifically however if you stop at Boulangerie Patisserie in the French section or Kringla Bakeri og Café in the Norway section you’ll find options that make for a great breakfast. Pastries, coffee, and tarts are just a few of the choices. There are several other snack stands that offer fruit and other small items may be another option – plus it will still leave you with an additional meal credit.
You can choose to sit down at one of the table service restaurants or opt for a counter meal. One big plus to table service restaurants is that they have air conditioning, something that’s less common at the counter service restaurants. Coral Reef and Garden Grill may be your best bet if you have very picky eaters. Other restaurants average $15-$30 for lunch and in most cases you’re able to make a reservation. For restaurants like Le Cellier, Biergarten, and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall you can (and should) make reservations up to 180 days in advance. The lunch and dinner menus are similar in many places and lunch can be a less expensive option – and a good way to stretch your meal plan.
Why not splurge for dinner? A hibachi style dinner at Teppan Edo serves children’s meals via a monorail system – great food and fun! Restaurant Marrakech, Biergarten and several other restaurants not only offer authentic, delicious food but music and/or dancing to accompany your meal. La Hacienda de San Angel serving Mexican meals and Monsieur Paul with upscale French offerings like duck breast and escargot are two coveted locations to enjoy a meal and watch the Illuminations show.
What you eat is a matter of how much space and time you have! To enjoy a variety stick to smaller appetizer items or snacks instead of full meals. No one will go hungry here!
What are your favorite foods to eat at Epcot?